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Besides San Francisco, Sprint LTE found wandering in parts of Florida, New York and Washington D.C.

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Besides San Francisco, Sprint LTE found wandering in parts of Florida, New York and Washington D.C.
Remember the other day when Engadget stumbled on Sprint LTE service in San Francisco? As it turns out, the carrier has had some LTE signal in the Bay Area for a month, but has not announced it. This is the game plan that the nation's third largest mobile operator is employing. Sprint is holding back on making San Francisco an officially launched market for 4G LTE until the signal is available on a continuous basis in the area. According to Sprint spokesperson Kelly Schlageter, "Deployment is just beginning in San Francisco, coverage area is somewhat hard to describe at this stage because sites generally aren't contiguous. There are sites on air in and around SF, kind of like popcorn."

Sprint has LTE up in parts of New York City and Jacksonville, Florida

Sprint has LTE up in parts of New York City and Jacksonville, Florida

Schlageter explained that it is better to allow some enterprising customers to find areas where the service is available and test it out before it becomes official. Or as she puts it, "Rather than deploy a site, test the equipment and then turn it off until we launch, we are leaving the sites on and customers are welcome to use the Sprint 4G LTE network wherever they find it." And using the coverage map on Sprint's web site, Sprint customers can determine where there is an LTE signal. Sprint says that it is slightly behind its goal of near-nationwide coverage by the end of the year, but should reach 250 million POPs by early 2014.

There are some new areas that are getting lit up. Areas of New York City, Washington D.C. and Florida (Jacksonville, Tampa and Miami) are now showing LTE coverage, although without contiguous coverage, none of it is official.

source: TheVerge via Engadget

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posted on 18 Feb 2013, 22:44 3

1. Bernoulli (Posts: 1401; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Wow those LTE speed are a joke, I constantly pull 22 mbps on my note II from t-mobile in a market that only has 200k pops, dang

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 23:22 2

3. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


7 mbps is a lot better than what many subscribers are pulling right now.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 00:35 1

6. Bernoulli (Posts: 1401; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


That's sadly true, sprint people usually get .8 mbps in average, if they're lucky, where I live, which is sad because Verizon already rolled out LTE here, t-mobile has super fast hspa+ 42mbps while at&t has their hspa+ 14mbps which makes it the second slowest

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 17:15

17. lsutigers (Posts: 670; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


BTW, just because Tmobile has 42 HSPA and AT&T has 14 HSPA doesn't mean you actually see those speeds, their average speeds are actually very far from that.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 06:38

19. Bernoulli (Posts: 1401; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


No junk Sherlock, it's theoretical, just like LTE, the theoretical speed is 100 mbps but will a sprint customer reach that? A cold day in Hell before that happens

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 17:07

15. lsutigers (Posts: 670; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Well that's probably your peak speed and anybody can say their speeds are faster on another carrier. In my area, the few people I know with Tmobile get around 4mbps on average but I have seen it peak around 13mbps. I have both Sprint and Verizon and my Verizon phone used to get peak speeds of 20-40mbps when the network was first launched and now I usually get 6-12mbps on average. On Sprint's new network I see peak speeds of 25-35mbps and average about 13-17mbps.

The reality is that once you get over 2-3mbps on a smartphone, it's not very useful, unless you are downloading a huge file. 2-3mbps is more than enough to watch HD video and do just about anything else on a mobile device.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 06:43

20. Bernoulli (Posts: 1401; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


That's just average, the highest one I had was 35mbpds one day at night, and for a market my size that's impressive, and no it isn't enough, I guess it is if you are watching a low video quality, but to play a netflix movie without it buffering in hd you need at least 6 mbps

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 23:03 2

2. tuminatr (Posts: 638; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


its because sprint is using a 5mhz band verizon uses 10mhz just wait untel they either use the clearwire spectrum 150mhz and or the nextel spectrum 30mhz it will be mega fast. so for sprint this is more about the future than right now. Also I live in a LTE market for them and speeds have been all overt the board from 7mbps to 38mbps

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 00:55 1

8. threeline (Posts: 252; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


As a sprint customer, not for long I might add, it's always wait for this and wait for that and our network will be blazing fast. I'm tired of waiting just to see nothing change, sprint is so full of it! We waited for WiMax and it never got off the ground and it sucked in the few areas it did cover. I don't care how many top of the line phones they get the network plain sucks. After 12yrs, its time to move on.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 08:14 3

11. LordDavon (Posts: 104; Member since: 19 Sep 2011)


I've been with Sprint for almost 9 years, and I agree; I'm done waiting! I almost left for T-mobile a few months back, but there are 2 iPhone fans on my plan, and for a small period T-mobile dropped unlimited. Well, T-mobile is getting the iPhone soon, and unlimited again, so I'm leaving soon!

Sprint's customer service is full of rude and cocky people, which bash other networks... but can't explain to me why my bill keeps going up. See ya Sprint!

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 08:20 2

12. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 801; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


I am glad to be in NYC, because LTE is close to launching and I personally have recieved speed test best of 21.5 down and 5.6 up. Most areas I get 2-3mb. I feel by summer coverage will be worth my wait. Go ahead leave if you are not in an area that has coverage and feel slighted.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 09:16 1

13. archangel9 (Posts: 230; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)


Exactly why I left. Their 3g is a joke as well as their LTE. With TMobile now and the HSPA+42 is amazing w/UNLIMITED NW 4g and free WiFi calls. Make sure to get the Value plan.2 of my associates has left Sprint altogether and have Tmobile .NO COMPLAINTS

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 14:35 1

14. pslee (Posts: 36; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


you have the exact same experience. i almost dropped sprint but sprint reps worked so hard to convince me that their LTE will be awesome and it is coming soon. i am still waiting to see 4g on my phone in NYC but my patients is running out fast.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 23:24 2

4. tiburonpineda (limited) (Posts: 39; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


thanks to Sprint my galaxy s3 is like a turtle :( im about to switch to US cellular is way better and faster here in yakima valley WA

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 00:36 1

7. Bernoulli (Posts: 1401; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Not faster than t-mobile, and for 20 $ a month you get all you can eat data

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 00:16 1

5. yyuu1000 (Posts: 150; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


i get 22down and 5 up in LA using tmobile on nexus 4]\

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 06:36

9. suneeboy (Posts: 149; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)


I'm in NYC and get those speeds on prepaid Straight Talk (6-7 down, 1-3 up) Glad I left Sprint.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 07:23 2

10. PAPINYC (Posts: 2044; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Yes, and like in San Francisco, homeless people can also be found wandering in parts of Florida, New York and Washington D.C. and the output is always the same: stagnation. Congratulations Sprint on your stagnant and analogous existence.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 06:36 1

18. Bernoulli (Posts: 1401; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


I usually don't agree with you, but this is the only exception

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 17:13

16. lsutigers (Posts: 670; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


35 mbps down and 5 up in FL on Verizon.

32 mbps down and 5 up in FL on Sprint.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 09:34

21. idget500 (Posts: 14; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


Just tested some 4G LTE in Midland, MI 10.6Mbs down and 6.6Mbs up. Not the fastest, but who really needs any faster.

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